Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne 8
in D-flat Major, Op. 27 No. 2

One of Chopin's most popular compositions, marked by his love for bel canto opera.

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Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes:

Nocturne 8
Op. 27 No. 2

Key: D-flat Major
Year: 1836
Level: 8
Period: Early Romantic
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Bittersweet Bel Canto

The D flat major Nocturne is one of Chopin's most popular compositions and a wonderful example of the love for bel canto opera that so often inspired him. It features many of the hallmarks of Chopin's style - an undulating accompaniment figure of widespread broken chords, a beautiful melody extensively ornamented with fioritura figurations and other creative inspirations, creative harmonic progressions, and a certain underlying bittersweetness even though the piece's key is in the major. Similarly to its sibling Nocturne, the melody is occasionally joined by an additional voice, forming a passionate duet, the poetic significance of which is up to the pianist to decipher.


The Nocturnes of Op. 27 were written in 1836 and published in 1837. They mark the transition to Chopin publishing Nocturnes in pairs instead of three Nocturnes per opus. In what may or may not be a curious coincidence, they share opus number and tonal centers (c sharp minor and D flat major) with the movements of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata Op. 27 no. 2.

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Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 in D-flat Major, a composition by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin who was born in 1810 and died in 1849. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1836 and is part of Chopin's Nocturnes.